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Bradford College

Access to Higher Education – Art

Qualification Gained
ASCENTIS Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art, Design and Media
Study Level
Level 3
Course Type
Access to Higher Education, Adult
1 year
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Lister Building


The one year course is suitable for students over the age of 19 who wish to develop a portfolio of art, media and design-related work for entry to Higher Education.

You will get experience in two and three dimensions within a range of disciplines currently taught within art and design.

Completion of this course will let you select a specialist pathway for undergraduate study.

  Key Info

Experiences could include drawing, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, textile design, photography and ICT. An introduction to these disciplines will develop your individual creative potential in a supportive environment enabling you to develop concepts, take creative risks and understand techniques and processes.

The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Expect to spend around 15 hours a week on studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course.  You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

You will complete 15 ungraded units in:

  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills
  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Introduction to Media Editing

You will complete 45 graded credits in:

  • Contextual Research
  • Visual Language
  • Foundations in Design
  • 3D Art and Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Printmaking
  • Manipulating Images
  • Final Exhibition
  • Final Major Project
  • Specialist Portfolio

A minimum of Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a portfolio of art work.

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports and research investigations.You will have a combination of 15 ungraded and 45 graded units. For the graded units you will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You will develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills. You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto Higher Education. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.

Course fees are £3485, these fees can be self-funded or you can apply for an Adult Learner Loan to help to fund your studies. Additional fees: You may need to have access to a laptop.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.